STEM Education and Training

GSNE Week: Kathayoon Khalil on Evaluating Informal Learning Environments

My name is Kathayoon Khalil and I’m a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education studying evaluation practices in informal learning environments. I also conduct exhibit and program evaluations for informal learning institutions including zoos, aquariums, and museums. This post gives a couple tips on staying up-to-date on evaluations happening throughout the country, …

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LAWG Week: Patricia Moore Shaffer on STEM Evaluation in Informal Settings

My name is Patricia Moore Shaffer. I am the Evaluation Manager for the NASA Office of Education in Washington, DC, and enjoy networking with colleagues through the Washington Evaluators and the Federal Evaluator groups. Informal learning experiences, such as summer and after-school programs or museum exhibitions, present a prime venue for fostering youth interest in …

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Video in #Eval Week: Kas Aruskevich on Telling the Story Through Video

Greetings from Alaska. I’m kas aruskevich, principal of Evaluation Research Associates (ERA), I work in rural Alaska with a great team of evaluators, associates, and local intermediaries. In the unique Alaskan context in which we work, telling the story through video helps us to show the context of people, place, and situations. Video clips, compiled …

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Caryn Mohr on Connecting Primary Research to Community Indicators

Hello! I am Caryn Mohr, a Research Scientist at Wilder Research in St. Paul. I’m one of more than 40 researchers in the office who conduct primary research. My own work focuses on education programs addressing opportunity and achievement gaps. Our office also manages Minnesota Compass, a nationally recognized community indicators project. Opportunities to collaborate …

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ECLIPS and Systems TIG Week: Tarek Azzam and Matt Keene Recap Systems-Oriented Evaluation

Hello! We are Tarek Azzam (Claremont Graduate University) and Matt Keene (Environmental Protection Agency). We are members of the External Review Panel for ECLIPS. Whoa! Even though it’s oh-so-tempting to try, you don’t need the perfect string of words to define “systems-oriented evaluation.” Lesson Learned: It’s in the roots of evaluation  At its core a …

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ECLIPS and Systems TIG Week: Karen Peterman and Marah Moore on How a Systems Orientation Influences an Evaluator’s Role

Hello! We are Karen Peterman (Karen Peterman Consulting, Co.) and Marah Moore (Director of i2i institute and ECLIPS coPI). We are going to talk about some of the implications of a systems approach for the role of the evaluator. In a recent Thought Leaders Forum, Michael Patton reminded us that evaluation is a transdisciplinary field. …

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ECLIPS and Systems TIG Week: Reider, Fitzhugh, and Na’im on Using the Systems Concepts of Boundaries, Relationships, and Perspectives to Identify Leverage Points

Hello, we are David Reider (Education Design, Inc.), Ginger Fitzhugh (Evaluation and Research Associates), and Alyssa Na’im (Education Development Center, Inc.). As ECLIPS members, we are incorporating systems concepts into STEM education evaluations related to the National Science Foundation program, Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST). Keying off the iceberg diagram (see Monday’s …

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ECLIPS & Systems TIG Week: Lloyd Bingman and Pat Jessup on Seeing and Understanding Patterns in Systems

Hello! We are Lloyd Bingman (Brighter Day Consulting, LLC and evaluator of an NSF STEM project) and Pat Jessup (InSites associate and coPI for ECLIPS). We’re here to talk about the “Patterns” portion of theiceberg diagram displayed on Monday of ECLIPS week. Both of us evaluate programs that are part of complex social systems that …

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ECLIPS & Systems TIG Week: David Hata on Looking to Interconnections for Value Creation

Hello! I’m David Hata, an independent consultant who serves as an external evaluator for a number of NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers. I’m here to share my experience helping a STEM project see itself as part of a system that creates value. For some clients, success is doing a lot of activities. …

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ECLIPS & Systems TIG Week: Beverly Parsons and Veronica Thomas Welcome You to ECLIPS Week

Greetings! We are Beverly Parsons (InSites and ECLIPS principal investigator) and Veronica Thomas (Howard University and ECLIPS external advisor). Today we introduce you to an exploratory research project, Evaluation Communities of Learning, Inquiry, and Practice about Systems (ECLIPS). It’s funded through a National Science Foundation grant to InSites. The ECLIPS Community of Practice is 15 …

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